Jewels du Jour

Jewels du Jour explores jewelry from the masters of both the past and present.

Estate Jewelry Round Up - Endless Shades of Summer

Estate Jewelry Round Up – Endless Shades of Summer

This holiday weekend marks the last unofficial days of summer, and it’s only fitting to close out the season with a splash…of color! The theme for this week’s Estate Jewelry Round Up is, if you haven’t already guessed, endless shades of summer – gorgeous jewels in a riot of color.

Hit the beach and soak up the last rays of the warm sun because the cool autumn air will rush in before we even know…

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For its 100th anniversary, Cartier fêtes the panther with the new Panthère de Cartier II collection. See more over on the blog: http://wp.me/p2EoMO-5qL @cartier #pantheredecartier #100years #cartier #panther #pride

For its 100th anniversary, Cartier fêtes the panther with the new Panthère de Cartier II collection. See more over on the blog: http://wp.me/p2EoMO-5qL @cartier #pantheredecartier #100years #cartier #panther #pride

This year marks the 100th anniversary since Cartier introduced its first panthère-inspired piece in 1914, a wrist-watch with a diamond case speckled with onyx spots. From then onwards, the panther has endured as the French jewelry brand’s most recognizable icon. To celebrate the momentous occasion, the Maison has created it’s most extensive Panthère de Cartier high jewelry collection to date.

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Comprised of fifty-six jewels, the 2014 ‘Panthère de Cartier II’ collection elevates the historic feline in a multitude of new, imaginative designs while also incorporating unprecedented materials. The transformative feline comes to life in modern pieces that explore each facet of its personality, from playful and wild to ferocious and tactile. A frisky panther coyly wraps its tale around the wrist in an onyx, diamond and emerald bracelet while a more majestic rendition in yellow gold with enamel spots proudly bestrides an impressive citrine in a pendant.

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The most striking, however, is a gold ring whose geometric openwork design depicts a fierce panther with intense tsavorite garnet eyes, whose intense roar, though not audible, readily conveys its immense power.

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Whether designed more figuratively than anatomically, and vice versa, the range of the panther’s inspiration for the new collection knows no bounds. The contemporary combination of structuralism and minimalism brings this historic figure to the 21st century, a panther for today and tomorrow. Striking in every way, the new collection honors Cartier’s most precious predator and beloved feline with a modern grandeur and audacious sophistication fit for a Lord of the Jungle.

Cartier Celebrates 100 Years of the Panthère This year marks the 100th anniversary since Cartier introduced its first panthère-inspired piece in 1914, a wrist-watch with a diamond case speckled with onyx spots.
Carmen Dell´Orefice by John Rawlings #tbt #jewelrysuite #johnrawlings

Carmen Dell´Orefice by John Rawlings #tbt #jewelrysuite #johnrawlings

Uma Thurman’s mother Nena von Schlebrügge photographed in April 1959 #tbt #classy #jewels #vogue

Uma Thurman’s mother Nena von Schlebrügge photographed in April 1959 #tbt #classy #jewels #vogue

Giving these gold jewelry tats a go… #luludk #gold #temptattoos #jewelrytats #lovegold #love #eloiseapproves

Giving these gold jewelry tats a go… #luludk #gold #temptattoos #jewelrytats #lovegold #love #eloiseapproves

Sotheby’s kicks off its autumn auction season with a loaded Important Jewels sale this September. Rather than endless lots of diamonds and rare colored stones with million dollar estimates, the 428-lot sale is packed with great jewelry – fabulous signed and period jewels with estimates below $100,000. That’s not to say diamonds don’t have a presence, they most certainly do. The highest estimated lot is a 22.79-carat brilliant cut diamond with H color and VS1 clarity (est. $1.y to $2.2 million).

Platinum and diamond ring

Platinum and diamond ring – The round brilliant-cut diamond weighing 22.79 carats, illustrated unmounted. Estimate: $1.7 to $2.2 million

The top lots that aren’t diamonds or precious stones shine the brightest in the sale, led by Schlumberger’s ‘Oiseau de Paradis’ (est. $150,000 to $250,000). A few other whimsical Schlumberger brooches will also be offered alongside the fantastical, iconic bird of a brooch.

Coming off a $1,000,000 plus auction price this summer, another Bulgari Serpenti watch (est. $125,000 – $150,000) is sure to cause a bidding war when it hits the auction block. These iconic pieces by the Italian jewelry house continue to be in high demand for jewelry collectors and connoisseurs.

18K Gold, Enamel and Diamond Wristwatch, Bulgari

18K Gold, Enamel and Diamond Wristwatch, Bulgari – Designed as a serpent with scales applied in red and black enamel, the mouth opening to reveal a round dial with baton indicators, completed by two pear-shaped diamond eyes, gross weight approximately 133 dwts, mechanical movement, exapandable, the dial signed Movado, the bracelet signed Bulgari. Estimate: $125,000 – $150,000

For collectors of David Webb, plenty of pieces designed by the American jeweler abound with highlights including a pair of diamond pendant earrings with interchangeable enamel and diamond earring jackets by David Webb (est. $1 to $1.5 million); a vibrant and bold emerald, diamond, coral, amethyst and enamel pendant necklace (est. $90,000 – $120,000); and two impressive chimera bracelets – one made of azurmalachite, ruby and diamond (est. $80,000 – $120,000) and the other more voluminous version composed of rock crystal, diamond and ruby (est. $80,000 – $120,000).

18 KARAT GOLD, PLATINUM, EMERALD, DIAMOND, CORAL, AMETHYST AND ENAMEL PENDANT-NECKLACE, DAVID WEBB

18K Gold, Platinum, Emerald, Diamond, Coral, Amethyst and Enamel Pendant-Necklace, David Webb – Supporting a fluted pear-shaped cabochon emerald pendant measuring approximately 30.0 by 21.9 by 14.1 mm, suspended from a necklace set with pear-shaped carved and pierced coral plaques, spaced by 11 fluted amethyst beads measuring approximately 18.2 mm within white enamel frames, accented with round diamonds weighing approximately 11.00 carats, length 23¼ inches, signed Webb; emerald pendant detachable. Estimate: $90,000 – $120,000

In addition to Webb, there are signed jewels by the most prestigious jewelers including the usual suspects of Bulgari, Buccellati, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Verdura, and more. Here are a few of my favorite pieces from the sale.

PAIR OF DIAMOND PENDANT-EARRINGS WITH THREE INTERCHANGEABLE DIAMOND AND ENAMEL EARRING JACKETS, THE EARRING JACKETS BY DAVID WEBB – Estimate $1,000,000 to $1,500,000
18 KARAT GOLD, PLATINUM, PÂTE-DE-VERRE, DIAMOND AND ENAMEL BANGLE-BRACELET, FRANCE – Estimate: $40,000 – $60,000
PLATINUM AND DIAMOND BRACELET, CARTIER, PARIS – Estimate: $30,000 – $50,000

Great Earrings

Art Deco Jewels

Brooches

 

 

Sotheby’s Important Jewels – New York – September 23rd, 2014 Sotheby’s kicks off its autumn auction season with a loaded Important Jewels sale this September. Rather than endless lots of diamonds and rare colored stones with million dollar estimates, the 428-lot sale is packed with great 
Plenty of great gold bracelets to choose from in the upcoming September auctions at @Sothebys @bonhams1793 and #skinnerinc - Read about my favorite picks on the blog: http://wp.me/p2EoMO-5pt @lovegoldlive #lovegold #primavesiandkaufmann #bracelet at #sothebys #importantjewelsny

Plenty of great gold bracelets to choose from in the upcoming September auctions at @Sothebys @bonhams1793 and #skinnerinc - Read about my favorite picks on the blog: http://wp.me/p2EoMO-5pt @lovegoldlive #lovegold #primavesiandkaufmann #bracelet at #sothebys #importantjewelsny

A Bounty of Bracelets in September’s Auctions

A Bounty of Bracelets in September’s Auctions

From fabulous to funky, bracelets abound in the first jewelry auctions of the autumn season. The September sales at Bonhams, Skinner and Sotheby’s offer a number of bracelets whose designs range from the Art Deco era to the mod styles of the 1960s and 70s. One element remains consistent with my favorite bangles from the sale: they’re all made with yellow gold.

My favorite bracelet of the bunch is…

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A pretty sweet line-up of rings… #pinksapphire #noheat #burmese #buccellati #diamondring #ceylonsapphire

A pretty sweet line-up of rings… #pinksapphire #noheat #burmese #buccellati #diamondring #ceylonsapphire

Take Flight with Schlumberger’s ‘Oiseau de Paradis’ Brooch

Take Flight with Schlumberger’s ‘Oiseau de Paradis’ Brooch

The autumn auction season is just a few weeks away from beginning and one of the sales to look forward to in September is Sotheby’s Important Jewels sale in New York. Among the many highlights in the 432-lot auction is the catalogue’s cover star, a whimsical and brightly colored jewel by Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co.

PLATINUM, 18 KARAT GOLD, COLORED STONE AND DIAMOND 'OISEAU DE PARADIS' BROOCH, SCHLUMBERGER FOR TIFFANY & CO., FRANCE

Platinum, 18K Gold, Colored Stone and Diamond ‘Oiseau de Paradis’ Brooch,…

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Artist-designed Enamel and Gem-set Brooch, Henryk Kaston, after The Eye of Time, by Dali. At Skinner Inc Fine Jewelry Sale on Sep 9th - see more highlights http://wp.me/p2EoMO-5oV #dali #henrykkatson #skinnerinc #skinner #theeyeoftime #finejewelry

Artist-designed Enamel and Gem-set Brooch, Henryk Kaston, after The Eye of Time, by Dali. At Skinner Inc Fine Jewelry Sale on Sep 9th - see more highlights http://wp.me/p2EoMO-5oV #dali #henrykkatson #skinnerinc #skinner #theeyeoftime #finejewelry

Happy Friday! Marilyn Monroe, November 1964 #kickyourshoesoff #tgif

Happy Friday! Marilyn Monroe, November 1964 #kickyourshoesoff #tgif

Love love love this bracelet! Super 70s chic! A Tiger’s Eye and Gold Bracelet, by Kutchinsky, 1972 at Bonhams upcoming Fine Jewelry sale in London #kutchinsky #bonhams #1972 #autumnauctions #super70s @bonhams1793

Love love love this bracelet! Super 70s chic! A Tiger’s Eye and Gold Bracelet, by Kutchinsky, 1972 at Bonhams upcoming Fine Jewelry sale in London #kutchinsky #bonhams #1972 #autumnauctions #super70s @bonhams1793

Highlights from Skinner’s Upcoming Fine Jewelry Sale

Highlights from Skinner’s Upcoming Fine Jewelry Sale

A guest post by Claibourne Poindexter

While not one of the big corporate auction houses, Skinner in Boston makes a strong presence in the auction market for Fine Jewelry, holding sales quarterly at their Park Plaza location.

The department head Victoria Bratberg, specialist John Colasacco, and Vice President Gloria Lieberman are known for their expertise in the field of fine jewelry and their…

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